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Is this summer hot enough? If there is a need in the household, Des Moines residents can apply for fans and window air conditioners with the Des Moines Community Action Agency. The Agency works with low-income residents to provide crisis assistance and provide some tools to help low-income residents gain personal and economic self-sufficiency. Most low-income programs are available to households with annual gross income meeting 150% of federal poverty guidelines.

To apply for a fan or window air conditioner, a staff member will need to sit and review the application with the applicant. Walk-ins may be taken in the morning; appointments are strongly recommended. Prospective families can book an appointment during office hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. by calling (515) 248-6216.

Applications for fans are taken at the Agency office, 1618 6th Avenue in Des Moines, between Washington and College Avenues. Households with the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Gross income at or below of 150% of poverty (ex. household of 1 $16,335). Bring proof of income to the appointment.
  • Without a working fan or air conditioner in their home

Applications for window air conditioners are taken at the same office. Households with all the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • A serious medical need for air conditioning, which can be in the form of a physician statement of diagnosis.
  • Gross income at or below 150% of poverty level (Ex. household of 4 $33,500)
  • Renters need a statement of approval from the landlord or manager




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